Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted, orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is browner. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The blush is made up of two distinct colors–a gold-shimmered peach and a warm, reddish-brown–that swirl together to create what you see applied. You can get deeper, richer color by concentrating the brush along the sides, or you can lighten the color up more by concentrating on the center. I went for equal parts (to whatever degree that seemed achievable) for most of the application, and then I tried to get a little more of the lighter shade to dust along the tops of cheek bones (like a highlighter) to give it more dimension. The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, which made it a cinch to apply to the skin as well as when it came down to blending the edges away. It had good color payoff, and the finish on this shade seemed slightly more frosted than other shades I tried, to the point that it seemed to emphasize pores just slightly. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright pop of yellowed tangerine–mostly orange with very strong yellow undertones–and a satin finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more muted. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, redder. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is so smooth–it feels like a cream more than a powder, but it definitely acts and plays more like a powder than a cream on a brush, on the skin, and so forth. With the satin finish, there’s enough sheen to give the skin a light glow that’s natural without being frosted or metallic (and therefore, it doesn’t emphasize pores at all). At this point, it comes as no surprise that it is incredibly rich in pigment, so a little goes a long way, but that smooth, buttery texture makes it easy to blend on the skin. It is also denser, so there’s no excess product being kicked up, and I felt like I didn’t have to worry about how much (or little) I was getting on the brush a lot. On my skin, it wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes a 20-pan eyeshadow palette, plus a deluxe sized mascara, cheek stain, Maracuja Oil, Smooth Operator finishing powder, and a LipSurgence Lip Gloss and Lip Tint, which are all housed in a zippered travel bag. Overall, it’s a decent palette. There were a couple of misses for eyeshadows, but I actually found that the lip/cheek products were more problematic, as they lacked staying power and the lip products weren’t hydrating for me. I think if you like more muted eyeshadows with more matte finishes, this might be a good palette to consider. Just for reference, this review only covers the eyeshadows, cheek and lip products (color cosmetics).

Palace of Versaille is a light pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, soft texture that was only a smidgen powdery, and wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moulin Rouge is a plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while it wore well for eight hours before fading and had a soft texture that was blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

I Think I Cannes is a muted, medium-dark purple-plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation and was blendable on the skin. It lasted for eight hours applied. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

My Own Cotes de Rhone is a dark, cool-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly powdery, but it wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Boudoir Noir is a dark burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really rough, uneven color coverage with a drier, slightly powdery, texture that made it hard to blend on the skin. What made it on lasted for eight hours, at least. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fall in Louvre is a softened, peach-orange with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Provence Upon a Time is a dark, brown-ish gold with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel for You is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was slightly powdery. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Haute to Handle is a medium-dark, bronze-shimmered brown with warm, yellow undertones. It had a thin, but smooth, consistency that went on with mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bastille in the Night is a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had excellent pigmentation that on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantilly Lace is a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery, while the color stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Merci You Later is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

No Champagne, No Gain is a muted, medium gold with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it went on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t see signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Take on Bordeaux is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It wasn’t powdery, but it was still blendable, and this shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

French Riviera is a muted, dirty green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a soft and blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

C’est La Vie is a sparkly, metallic golden pewter. It had sheer color coverage, while the texture was crumbly and resulted in a fair amount of fall out during wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Marseille the Word is a muted, medium-dark pewter-gray with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Play Nice is a muted, gray-ish purple with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a smidgen powdery, but it could have been more blendable. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

On a Good Notre Dame is a deep, dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while it wasn’t powdery, it could have been easier to blend on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Le Cordon Bleu is a cool-toned, bluish purple with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery and harder to blend on the skin, though it lasted for eight hours once on. The color payoff was decent but needed to be built up. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a beige-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Tarte’s Cheek Stain formula is described long-wearing and natural. It is mostly a sheer sheen on me with little color, and it lasts five and a half hours on me (not long-wearing at all). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Visionary is a soft, medium peach-coral with warm undertones and a fine shimmer. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lipgloss formula is supposed to give a “pop of color” with “lasting shine” while being hydrating and vanilla-scented. It had semi-sheer color coverage that added warmth and glossiness to the lips. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Romantic is a soft, muted coral-pink with a glossy shine. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be a hydrating, natural-looking lip stain with a “wash of color.” It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. I didn’t find it hydrating, though, and it lasted two and a half hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur each contain 0.17 oz. of product, while Dandelion contains 0.14 oz, Sugarbomb contains 0.21 oz., and Watt’s Up! contains 0.05 oz. It works out to be about $103 in value across the seven products included in it–most of the blushes are about half the size of full-size, while Rockateur is the same as a full-sized one (I’m not sure how that worked out!). I think if you’ve always wanted to try Benefit’s blushes, or you’ve tried one or two but have wanted more, this is a great opportunity to try them.

Dandelion is a light, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there gold shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blends easily and wears for seven and a half hours on me. Benefit describes this particular Box o’ Powder as a highlighter to “brighten” the complexion. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bella Bamba (Palette) is a medium-dark pink with frosted, gold shimmer. The texture was a little dry–almost crumbly to the touch–so it didn’t go on smoothly as I would have liked. With some buffing and blending, it will work into the skin and look lovely, but it’s not quite as easy to use as my full-sized version. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugarbomb is a frosted, pink-tinged peach with a golden sheen. It’s a lighter shade, so it will not yield a lot of visible color on most skin tones, but it is pigmented (just light). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hoola is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was easy to apply, as the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. There was a tiny bit of powderiness to it, but it wasn’t noticeable on the skin. When I tested the wear, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

CORALista (Palette) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, gold finish. This one is very different from the box I have–it is very, very light and orange, whereas the original I have is pinker. Aside from the major color difference, the texture was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The color payoff was pretty good, and it didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockateur is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit powdery, but it didn’t look cakey applied. This blush stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt’s Up! is a soft, champagne beige. It’s a cream-to-powder highlighter that doesn’t emphasize pores, wears just over eight hours, and gives a luminous sheen wherever it’s applied. The glow is strong enough that it is visible, but it isn’t metallic or wet-looking. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette
NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette

NARS Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes a bronzing powder and a travel-sized Ita brush. I was surprised by how little bronzer is included in this, because it is such a huge palette (I think it is unnecessarily large–feels bulky in the hand). It actually contains less than a full-sized version of Laguna (which has 0.28 oz. for $38). I don’t have a full-sized Ita brush to compare the travel-sized one with, but I didn’t like the feel of the travel-sized, as the bristles were cut unevenly and felt scratchy and prickly against the skin. I liked the shape, as it does work well to contour the cheeks. However, at $89, you could purchase a full-sized Ita for $55 and a full-sized Laguna for $93. For $4 more, you would get something a lot more lightweight, versatile, and possibly better quality (again, I can’t weigh in on how it compares to the full-sized). Update on 10/13/2014:  NARS sent out a correction via email regarding price, and the price is supposed to be $59.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

 

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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